Deerfield Cultural Council hopes to elevate voices of marginalized groups with this year’s grants

Staff Writer
Published: 9/21/2021 4:00:10 PM

DEERFIELD — The Cultural Council is accepting funding proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs for 2022, and plans to prioritize pandemic-cautious programming that elevates the voices of marginalized groups.

The deadline for grant requests is Oct. 15. Deerfield’s Cultural Council has $5,600 allocated for the upcoming spring, according to the Mass Cultural Council’s website.

Despite the prioritized funding focus, Deerfield Cultural Council Chair Jennifer Marrapese said members are open to any proposal for funding as they have supported all sorts of programs in the past.

“From chair hip-hop for seniors to concerts at the Tilton Library to walking tours of local farms to learn about their history,” Marrapese said. “It runs the gamut.”

Specifically, the council is prioritizing projects that “increase awareness of cultural diversity, create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQX, refugee, immigrant or persons living with a disability,” along with those that take place outside or are available virtually as a pandemic precaution.

Marrapese would also be happy to receive proposals regarding Deerfield’s 350th anniversary celebration, which will take place in 2023. Additionally, she is hopeful to have more proposals geared toward middle and high school students as that is one of the areas lacking in programming.

“One of the things we talked about was Deerfield is gearing up for its 350th celebration,” she said. “We would love to receive proposals in conjunction with that.”

More information about the Deerfield Cultural Council and the 2022 grant period can be found at

The Deerfield Cultural Council will meet in November and review each application before deciding which ones to fund.

“We really try to make sure each of the proposals benefit the town residents to the greatest extent possible,” Marrapese said.

Marrapese is hopeful the council can use its funding to support programming that “showcases our vibrant and talented Deerfield community.”

“We would love to see new and creative proposals coming in,” she said, “and would encourage people to review our guidelines and apply.”

Chris Larabee can be reached at or 413-930-4081.


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